I think with the resounding success of the Cummins Turbo-Diesel, the mere
thought of anything else under the hood is just rumor-mongering. If it
ain't broke, don't fix it.
There's two kinds of diesel powered pickup owners on the road today;
those who have a CTD and
those who wish they did
On Sun, 05 Feb 2006 18:09:22 GMT, email@example.com wrote:
Last week I was at a dealer looking at a new CTD 3500 for towing a 5th
The hitch weight of the trailer we want pushes the limit of our 2500 so
I need a 3500. The trailer I want also pushes the limits of the 3500
Dodge in towing weight.
When I complained that I wasn't going to have much cushion on GCWR the
Fleet truck guy said that if I wasn't in a big hurry that there were
rumors of a Ram 3500 with a lot more power and gross towing weight being
available late this summer in the 07's.
That is all he would say. I do put a little credence to it because it
is not very often that a customer, even a repeat customer is told that
he should wait to spend big bucks on a truck. However that is exactly
what he did, he suggested I wait for the '07s to be announced, and then
we would get on the computer and order me just the truck I wanted and
Has anyone else heard this? Perhaps the Mercedes-Benz MBE 900 or even
an MBE 4000 for the real power users and leave the other trucks in the
dust once and for all.
If true it may be good news to those of us for whom the current 3500
dually is a perfect fit. Power mongers such as yourself will dump their
current models for the '07, leaving the rest of us with some good deals on
the used ones. Kind of like the summer of '97 when the 4-door QC replaced
the 2-door CC.
I'm kind of in the same situation as you Ed, looking for a 3500 dually.
With a potential layoff looming in the wings and negroes now living on
three sides of me I figure the net of my severance check would be a nice
sendoff to take to the dealership. Buy the truck, put a 4-sale sign in the
yard and "me and momma" will just drive off into the sunset and become
Happiness is Houston, Texas in the rear-view mirror.
On Mon, 06 Feb 2006 14:03:30 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
this fall and perhaps I can persuade the wife that we can live with less
trailer. Although, I must point out that I'm much happier when SWMBO is
happy, but she is reasonable and frugal.
The wife and I are retired and want to take extended trips to see the
country. We have a 'vacation trailer' but it isn't conducive for
work construction on the coasts and power plants, especially nuclear. I
don't understand the in's and out's of the trade but he seemed to keep
jobs lined up. He and his wife lived in a trailer or 5th wheel for
years and raised two kids. Between jobs they took vacation trips around
the country. And he tried to find jobs where they hadn't been before.
They had a home base near Ft. Smith Arkansas where they retired to
between jobs and when he finally retired.
I can agree with that. I spent a whole year there one hot week in
August. The humidity was a killer, especially for someone from the
desert where 30% humidity was considered high. The next time I was
there was in January and it was nice.
We're only here because 19 years ago a job transfer I couldn't afford to
turn down brought us here from Kansas City. It sure wouldn't be my choice.
Housing is really cheap even for all-brick homes, but that's about all. As
miserable as the climate is in June thru September, the city has recently
become a hotbed of crime, far moreso than ever before. Of the estimated
200,000 "evacuees" who landed here in Katrina's wake, most of them came
from "the projects" which in case you haven't noticed, AREN'T being
rebuilt. New Orleans doesn't want the scourge of their society back.
They're Houston's problem now.
On Tue, 07 Feb 2006 23:50:55 GMT, email@example.com wrote:
I hadn't thought of that. A 200,000 population increase of questionable
characters must have put a huge strain on law enforcement and the law
You mentioned you were thinking of full timing. Can you retire or would
you just move to a new job and call the 5er home? Actually, it sounds
like moving into a trailer and out to a 30 mile commute or so might be
worth the trouble.
Houston's extremely popular mayor (won reelection practically by
acclamation) is very sorry now that he opened up the Astrodome and
welcomed "life's walking wounded" with open arms. He has now turned to
FEMA asking for $6 mil to offset addt'l police overtime in the areas of
town where these people went after they left the "Dome".
I'll be only 60 this year and so cannot really "afford" to retire since I
won't be able to start Social Security until I'm 63. I do have a small
retirement + small 401K (approx $350k total combined) which spread out
over (guessing) 20 years doesn't allow for a very lavish retirement, even
invested at 8~10% return. The problem is our home isn't paid for and won't
be for several years, but we do have about $70k equity in it right now.
We also have some issues that we need to address. We desperately need to
move due to a recent and rapid deterioration of the neighborhood (white
flight). We can neither afford nor do we want to purchase a new home in an
Anglo neighborhood because taxes would double, house note would double,
commuting distance would double, etc. The idea of full-time RV'ing seems
to have some positive appeal although we would be in much closer quarters
and maybe claw each other's eyes out after a month or two of living in 320
Sq Ft after previously living in 1900 sq. ft. We also have pets; 2 golden
retrievers and 5 (yes, 5) cats. All are indoor pets and are considered
"members of the family". Are we nuts or what?
We've thought about going to the 5er now or within a year and continuing
with the job as long as it lasts, but knowing that a layoff is imminent
and could come at any time. Ideally I need to work 6 more years until I'm
66, but minimum I need to work 3 more until I'm 63. The layoff could come
in a year tho and at age 60 you're kind of unemployable, so we were
looking at full-timing as a potential way of DRAMATICALLY cutting our
living expenses. The idea being that the home sale would net enough to pay
off the RV and the severance check would nearly pay for the truck. We
really don't want RV or truck payments in our retirement (voluntary or
Yeah, it hurt having to leave it behind but that's the fun of being
with the military. Right now I am trying to get my hands on another
LCF C800 but this one has a 413 gas engine with a 10 speed RoadRanger
tranny. Would rather have another Cat powered C800 but the one I left
in Alaska is the only one I've ever come across with the Cat option.
Most of the diesels were either inline 6 Cummins or Detroits. To add
insult to injury there was not enough room to put the inline 6 diesels
under the hood (due to the snub nose) so they had to notch out the
firewall and use a cowling in the cab (like a full size van) to cover
up the rear of the engine. This cowling is hard to find so converting
a gas powered LCF Dodge to an inline 6 diesel is next to impossible. I
know where a turbocharged Detroit 6V92 is and might try putting that
in place of the 413. The bad part with that idea is that the old
Detroits got about the same fuel mileage as the 413 did and with the
cost of diesel fuel being higher then super unleaded I don't think it
would be worth it. Oh well, six of one and half a dozen of another I
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